Friday, July 31

Once in a blue moon

posted: 07/31/2015 8:43 a.m.

Events scheduled for today could be labeled as being held "once in a blue moon" because tonight's moon is the second full moon in the month of July. Though it's called a blue moon, the moon is not blue, and its really not all that rare. Though the term blue moon used to refer to the third full moon when there were four full moons in a season (usually, there are only three), it has more recently been defined as a second full moon in a calendar month....

Wednesday, July 29

Children attend 'Kids in the Woods' event

posted: 07/29/2015 7:44 a.m.

GENTRY -- Kids were laughing, playing, catching fish and catching critters in the creek at the Second Annual Kids in the Woods Nature Camp held July 20 and 21 at the Flint Creek Nature Area south of Gentry. The event was sponsored by Arvest Bank, Walmart and 2 Saun Farms, and hosted by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce, the city of Gentry, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Forestry Commission ... On each of the two days, the children were divided into two groups. One group went fishing in the pond which was recently restocked with catfish by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, while the other group went to the creek and participated in bug kickin', an exercise in which the kids catch creek critters....

New nurse practitioner Joins OCH

posted: 07/29/2015 7:36 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital at Gravette welcomes nurse practitioner Deborah Asberry, APRN, BC, FNP to the medical staff. Asberry is collaborating with pain management specialist Dr. Heather Stelling in both the OCH Pain Clinic and at the OCH Jasper County Clinic, Webb City Campus. Deborah received her education from the University of Missouri - Columbia Sinclair School of Nursing and is currently a member of the Four States Advanced Practice Nurses Association, American Nurses Association and the Missouri Nurses Association.

...about town By Decatur Mayor Bob Tharp

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

July is highlighted this year as "Annual Decatur Barbecue Festival" month. On Aug. 1, Decatur will celebrate its 62nd consecutive Barbecue Festival. This event has become home to many Nashville entertainers, and this year is no exception. Our theme is "A Family Affair!"

Granny's Simple Blessings plans grand opening

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Holly Wallace, owner of Granny's Simple Blessings, at 408 Main Street, N.W., in Gravette, announced she will hold a grand opening for her business from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Gravette Day, Saturday, Aug. 8. Two drawings will be held, one for a free painting lesson and one for a free kid's lesson. Free tea and lemonade will also be served.

Hometown Events

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Soccer Camp

Lions to scrimmage on Gravette Day

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GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Lions football team will hold an intersquad scrimmage from 9 to 11 a.m. on Gravette Day, Saturday, Aug. 8. The scrimmage will be held at the high school practice field, and Coach Bill Harrelson says it will be the team's first day in full pads. The Lions begin full practices Monday, Aug. 3. "We're really excited about the new season," Harrelson said.

A family affair awaits at 62nd Annual Decatur Barbecue

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- When Lloyd Peterson and a group of prominent Decatur citizens first threw chicken quarters on a barbecue grill in 1953, little did they know their action would create a town tradition that would last more than six decades.

Obituaries

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Bill Earp

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 27 -- 31

Summer heat can complicate COPD

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Becoming overheated can put people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at risk for serious illness. Stay cool this summer with the following tips:

Correction

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

In the Westside Eagle Observer, July 22 issue, story, "Decatur council amends animal control regulations concerning poultry," the second section of the reprinted ordinance should have read: "No chickens shall be kept, housed or penned within the corporate limits of the city of Decatur on a plot of ground less than one acre."

Board reception will honor new school staff members

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- School superintendent Richard Page announced at last week's school board meeting that the board would host a reception to honor new staff members preceding the August meeting. The reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the high school commons. The regular board meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

Being thrifty is important but sitting on the pile of money can be too costly

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

I have an old cow; she isn't real old, but she has a big lump on her jaw. What am I gonna do with a lump-jawed old cow? She eats, raising a good big calf, and seems like she feels good. If I had a truck load of money, I would have already hauled her in to the vet to see what he would diagnose, but that truck hasn't gotten here yet!

Senior Center Menus

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August 3 - 7

The only way to curb evil is with an equal or greater force

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Though it has been more than 30 years since I sat in his class, I can still remember an ethics professor at the seminary explaining that the only way to curb forces bent on evil is with an equal or greater force defending what is good. Yes, that was during the Cold War and arms race era and we all understood it to have application in the political realm, but I think it also has application to the sphere of our daily lives. What my professor knew and what every Bible believer holds to be true is the evident truth hat people — yes, all people — are corrupted by sinful longings and inclinations.

Burden to celebrate 25 years as banker

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GENTRY -- Twenty-five years ago on the Monday following the Decatur Barbecue (Aug. 6, 1990), Marc Burden began what would turn out to be a career in the banking industry. He worked as a part-time employee of Decatur State Bank while completing his degree work at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and worked as a bank teller and anywhere else he was needed. Today he is a vice president for Grand Savings Bank and is over the Gentry branch of the bank.

New state laws took effect last week

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

ARKANSAS --A law barring local governments from enacting and enforcing their own anti-discrimination laws became effective last week, strengthening the hand of people seeking to eliminate gay-rights statutes. It's one of several hundred additional state laws now in force in Arkansas. Barring emergency clauses or other provisions, newly passed Arkansas laws take effect 90 days after the Arkansas Legislature adjourns. This year's regular session formally adjourned April 22.

62nd Annual Decatur Barbecue schedule of events

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Decatur Barbecue Aug. 1

Blessed are the reviled

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"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew 5:11-12

Runyans celebrate 65th

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Don Runyan and Bessie Dalrymple are celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary on Aug. 9.

Is China selling us the rope to hang ourselves?

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Corn pone: noun, Southern U.S., 1. Corn bread, especially of a plain or simple kind. Adjective, 1. Of or characteristic of an unsophisticated rural person, especially from the South: a corn pone accent.

Full day of events planned for Barbecue on Saturday

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Decatur's Veterans Park will be ablaze with activity from 7 a.m. until midnight at the 62nd Annual Decatur Barbecue on Aug. 1. Many exciting activities are planned for this year's event, including a fireworks display sponsored by the city of Decatur. The Barbecue is sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, which, with the help of many talented Decatur area residents, has put on the event for more than six decades. The one-day event begins at 7 a.m. with the 2K, 5K and 10K runs at Edmiston Park.

Local boy returns to open for 62nd Decatur Barbecue

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Johnny Dale Roberts, no stranger to the Decatur area, will return to open for Jesse Whitley at the 62nd Annual Decatur Barbecue at 7:15 p.m., Aug. 1, at Veterans Park. The event is sponsored by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce.

Jesse Whitley returns to Barbecue to carry on family tradition

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- Very few times in the 62 years of the Decatur Barbecue have a husband and wife done back-to-back performances and packed the house. Now, the son of those legendary performers will carry on the family tradition when he performs during the 62nd annual Decatur Barbecue, "A Family Affair."

This weather's not fit for the dogs

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

Guess we're in what they call the dog days of summer but, personally, I don't think the weather we've been having is even fit for a dog. Jim finally put in the air conditioner a couple of weekends ago and on these hot afternoons we don't have much incentive to do anything other than sit in the living room and enjoy the cool. Miss Abby has gotten a case of "the lazies" too and spends most of her time stretched out in the shade in the backyard.

Council votes to purchase new LIFEPAK unit

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- In a short meeting last Thursday night, the Gravette City Council voted to buy a refurbished LIFEPAK 12 unit for the fire department. The LIFEPAK, to be purchased from eMed Healthcare in Little Rock at a cost of $8,244.18, will replace one that has quit working.

Empire District uses infrared technology for annual transmission line inspections

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

JOPLIN (Mo.) -- Empire District began its annual aerial inspection of company transmission lines and substations on Monday. The inspection is expected to continue through August 9, however the length of the program is dependent upon weather and wind conditions.

Shoes distributed, feet washed in back-to-school event

posted: 07/29/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- About 80 youngsters showed up at the Gravette United Methodist Church Saturday evening to get a new pair of shoes and socks for their back-to-school wardrobe. The shoe distribution event, hosted by Samaritan's Feet International and the NWA Methodist Churches Alliance, was designed to equip and encourage students before the new school year begins.

Page and Cheney to wed

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David and Kelly Page are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Karoline to Barnabus Cheney, son of Scott Cheney and Lisa Cheney. Karoline and Barnabus are both graduates of Gentry High School.

Friday, July 24

Two killed in Gravette-area accident

posted: 07/24/2015 9:33 a.m.

Two people were killed on Arkansas Highway 72 in an accident between a truck and a car on July 16. According to Arkansas State Police fatal crash summaries, Crystal Johnson, 34, of Gravette, was killed when an eastbound 2014 Mack truck driven by Joe Maldonado, 39, of Springdale, struck the rear of her 2002 Honda Accord near the intersection of Big Springs Road at approximately 10:18 p.m. According to the crash summary, Johnson’s Honda veered off the road following the collision and overturned in the ditch, ejecting Johnson.

Wednesday, July 22

Why is Springtown keeping folks out?

posted: 07/22/2015 8:41 a.m.

Can a town keep people out because of differing political views? It sounds pretty un-American, doesn't it. Yet, that appears to be what is taking place in Springtown. Though the majority of the town council approved a voluntary annexation petition for five properties to be added to the town, resulting in population growth and an increase in the town's voter and tax base, the mayor, his councilwoman wife and another council member have voted and vetoed to keep the petitioners out.

Two Decatur players attend point guard camp in Oklahoma City

posted: 07/22/2015 8:39 a.m.

DECATUR -- Even though the 2015-16 Decatur High senior boys' basketball season officially starts Nov. 12, head coach John Unger held a series of practices, starting on July 6, to get his players thinking basketball. For two members of the Decatur Bulldog team, the summer began with a five-day trip to an out-of-state basketball camp. Jay Porter and Bracy Owens traveled to Oklahoma to participate in the 2015 Point Guard College at Oklahoma City University June 9 through 13. The Point Guard College was established in 1993 to teach athletes from ages 14 to 23 how to become better players on and off the court by....

Cooling off on the River

posted: 07/22/2015 8:34 a.m.

WESTSIDE — With all the rains earlier in the summer, river traffic may have slowed. But that changed last week, with the onset of hot weather and plenty of water in nearby rivers to enjoy a float trip and to cool off in the water. The Elk River, just north of Eagle Observer territory, was full of kayaks, canoes, rafts and tubes as area residents and visitors took advantage of the sunny days and the cool waters for an enjoyable afternoon last Wednesday. And, to the south, at the Siloam Springs Kayak Park....

Okra is a garden favorite of mine

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

Growing up in Louisiana, we ate a lot of "okrie." And we ate it cooked in various ways. Of course, my favorite way to eat okra is to cut it up, roll it in cornmeal and deep fry it. Eaten together with cornbread, purple hull peas, baby limas and fresh, sliced tomatoes, you'll have a really great meal. When I was a boy, my mom would also throw a few small okra pods into....

Gentry man arrested on drug and commercial burglary, theft charges

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Police arrested Bryan Thompson, 21, of Gentry, on July 1, in connection with the discovery of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia during a home visit there with his probation and parole officer.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

Gentry Band Activities - The Gentry High School band is warming up, with the following special events coming up soon: July 24 -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gentry Band Leadership Training, in the band room; July 27-28 -- 3 to 6 p.m., Gentry Band Freshmen Orientation, in the band room; Aug. 3 through 7 and Aug. 10 through 13 -- from 3 to 6 p.m., Gentry Band summer practice in the band room. Gentry Class Reunion - The Gentry High School Class of 1975 is inviting classmates and friends (upper and lower classmates) of the class to a reunion and dinner at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Springtown Church of Christ fellowship hall (just off Arkansas Highway 12 in Springtown). A potluck dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. Chicken and drinks will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. For more information or to reserve some chicken, call Myra at 479-233-1370.

Second segment of bypass open

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A second segment of the Bella Vista (Hiwasse) interstate bypass opened for traffic several days ago when barricades were removed from the interchange on Highway 72 just east of the Mt. Pleasant Church.

The rain has provided much-needed relief

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

The creek came out of the banks and covered the pasture. I had moved the heifers and prepared for the onslaught of water but I sure didn't expect what came. I guess I have been watching that creek for nigh on to 50 years and have never seen such a sight. But, then, I still can't complain about the rain. Yes, all the ponds are full of nice clean water and the grass is pocket high to a tall cowboy.

Springtown mayor vetoes annexation decision

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

SPRINGTOWN -- Annexation requests of five property owners to be a part of Springtown were denied on July 14 after a resolution to accept the lands into Springtown was passed by the council and vetoed by the mayor, with the council failing to override the mayor's veto. t issue was a petition to add lands belonging to Mary Droho and Eddie Balluck; Lynda and Al Lemke; Greg Lemke; Nhia Vang, Chao Thao Moua and Steven Vang; and John Wasson.

Maysville News

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

We have sure been having summer weather the past few days. The weatherman said we're supposed to get some rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Those visiting in the home of Orpha Wardlaw last week were Christi Wardlaw and a friend from Little Rock and Orpha's two grandchildren from Tulsa, Selena and Zack Fincher. They all attended church with Orpha Sunday and Christi treated us with a beautiful song. My great-grandson, Jacob Ballman, visited me for a while on Saturday afternoon. He drove over to show me his pickup. I think he went to visit his grandparents, Marvin and Bert Ballman, another day.

Wasson, property owners explain their intent; mayor sees Gentry merger and property grabs as reason

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SPRINGTOWN -- At its April 14 meeting, the request of five property owners to have their lands annexed into Springtown failed to be approved by the Springtown Council.

Black Hills to buy state natural gas utility for $1.2B

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

OMAHA, Neb. -- Regional utility Black Hills Corp. is buying natural gas provider SourceGas, which serves 425,000 customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming, for roughly $1.2 billion.

Decatur volleyball season to begin in August

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DECATUR -- It will not be long before the Decatur Bulldog volleyball team takes the court for its first game Aug. 24 against the Pea Ridge Blackhawks at Lloyd Peterson Gym.

Obituaries

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Nona Holm

Ramseys receive academic honors at Ouachita Baptist

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ARKADELPHIA -- Eathen Ramsey of Decatur was included on the spring semester president's list and Elijah Ramsey was on the spring semester dean's list at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

Shave it for the seniors

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GRAVETTE -- At 7 p.m. on Gravette Day, Aug. 8, on the main stage in Kindley Park, Gravette mayor Kurt Maddox and city recorder and treasurer Mike von Ree have agreed to shave their heads using a standard clipper guard, based on the amount of money raised.

Decatur council amends animal control regulations concerning poultry within city limits

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- "If you want to raise poultry within the city limits of Decatur, you must get a permit" was the message the Decatur city council sent to residents who want to raise chickens inside the city. This action came during the July 13 regular council meeting held in the meeting room of city hall. Four Decatur residents attended the May 11 meeting, expressing their concern that the current animal control ordinance, passed in 2001, needed to be changed.

Emplyment service opens in Gravette

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GRAVETTE -- Having trouble making ends meet? Looking for a job? There's a new business in Gravette that can help people find employment.

Highfill approves street, road overlays

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HIGHFILL -- In a brief meeting on July 14, the Highfill City Council approved adding Highfill Ave. to the list of roads for an overlay as a part of the State Aid Street Project.

SSRH to host blood drive Free T-shirts given to donors

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SILOAM SPRINGS -- Siloam Springs Regional Hospital will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, in the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Bloodmobile at the SSRH parking lot, 603 N. Progress Ave. in Siloam Springs.

Blessed are the persecuted

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10

New water rule riles state officials Breadth of regulation troublesome, experts say

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -- Delia Haak would love to have every brook and stream in the nation monitored, but the executive director of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership knows such oversight is impracticable.

Roads are always relevant

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

It's time to revisit roads, streets and highways. Those are topics that are always relevant, just as are schools, government at every level, good-old-country and small-town living, and don't forget the weather. It's always a viable topic, something we have little or no control over, though the conflicting experts try to convince us otherwise. But back to the first-line topics: roads, streets and highways.

Pluto will always be a ninth planet to me

posted: 07/22/2015 5 a.m.

When I was a mere lad of 5, I fell in love with space, not just the space around us but outer space, deep space. I remember when Alan Shepard lifted off the launch pad and into the history books as the first American in space. I remember watching all the Gemini and Apollo missions and 12 men walking on the moon.

Weather

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July 14 94 77 --

OCH welcomes new physical therapist

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GRAVETTE -- Ozarks Community Hospital in Gravette is welcoming physical therapist Brian Kent, DPT, to the hospital staff this month.

Spending concerns Benton County officials

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BENTON COUNTY -- At least one justice of the peace already is concerned about county spending before the budget process has started.

Early enrollment set at Decatur High School and Middle School

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DECATUR -- With the summer almost gone, it's time to start thinking about school.

New United Methodist pastor breaks barriers

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GRAVETTE -- Pat Bodenhamer, new pastor at the Gravette United Methodist Church, is breaking barriers. She is the first female pastor in the church's history. Bodenhamer, who moved to Gravette the last of June, is also pastor at the Decatur United Methodist Church and held her first service at both churches on July 5. Bodenhamer, an Arkansas native, graduated from high school in Mountain Home and attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro....

Wednesday, July 15

Third Dutch oven cook-off planned

posted: 07/15/2015 7:16 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The Gravette Historical Museum will host its third annual traditional Dutch oven cook-off on Gravette Day this year. The popular event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, with cooking beginning at 10 a.m. Judging will begin at 2 p.m., and a public tasting will be held at 3 p.m. Again this year there are two divisions, the three-pot division in which entrants will prepare a main dish, a side dish and a dessert, and the novice division in which they will prepare only one dish. Judging for the three-pot division will be based on originality, presentation, taste, teamwork and creativity.

Blessed are the peacemakers

posted: 07/15/2015 7:06 a.m.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9 Though God will not tolerate our sin and rebellion against Him and does not mince words in telling us the truth about our sinfulness and His condemnation of sin, God is a God of peace. He does not desire our condemnation and so sent His own Son to bear the punishment for our sins, and He calls upon all of us to repent and turn to Him for full pardon and peace.

Decatur High hires new girls' basketball coach

posted: 07/15/2015 7:03 a.m.

DECATUR -- Since the retirement of Bill Niven last May, the Decatur School District has searched for a suitable replacement to take over the girls' basketball program at Decatur High School. Fortunately, the school system found a perfect candidate to fill that position. ohn Unger, Decatur Athletic Director, announced July 7 the hiring of Jeff Melton as the new Decatur High girls' basketball coach and seventh-grade science teacher.

Hometown Events

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

Springtown VBS — Springtown Pentecostal Church will hold its vacation Bible school from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on July 27 through 31. The theme is "God's Love." Everyone is welcome. VBS at Mason Valley — Vacation Bible School will be held at Mason Valley Baptist Church from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through Friday, July 17. Friday will be Parent's Night. The church is located on Arkansas Highway 12 between Vaughn and Highfill. For more information, call 479-752-3933.

It was another busy week

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

Last week was a hectic one, with meetings the first four evenings of the week and an interview at the museum midweek. Several rainy days in a row set Jim behind in his work, but on Friday he was finally able to begin building a patio cover southwest of town. Then, when it finally dried up on the weekend, he had to catch up on the mowing, cutting the grass for a lady in Patriot Park on Saturday and mowing our yard Sunday afternoon.

Council asked to support job education plans

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Gentry City Council, on July 6, accepted the apparent low bid of Industrial Controls of Oklahoma to complete an upgrade of electrical controls at a sewer department pump station and heard a report from Judy Winslett, assistant superintendent of Gentry Public Schools, on plans to make Gentry graduates more career ready upon graduation from Gentry High School.

We sure have come a long way in doctoring animals

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

I have heard of many strange and odd diseases concerning cattle, and some of them are actually real conditions that can and will kill a cow. Then there are those that are sorta made up because of unusual circumstances many years ago and passed down as folklore.

Council creates full-time street, parks department head

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- After a brief executive session, Sulphur Springs council members voted July 9 to eliminate two part-time positions and hire one full-time department head for a Street and Park Department, with the new full-time employee reporting directly to the mayor.

Maysville News

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

We sure got a big rain the first part of last week. It sure stopped the lawn mowing for a few days. Mine was mowed on Monday and I was glad because it was needing it.

Meet Your Museum Commissioner

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

Stephanie McLeod is full of energy. It might be hard to keep that energy focused since she has so many and varied interests. But there's one place where her focus is clear, her love of local history and her desire to preserve it. That love led to her becoming a member of the Gravette museum commission. McLeod, the former Stephanie Deaton, was born in Oklahoma City but moved to Gravette when she was in high school.

Weather

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July 7 85 63 3.63

Conservation clubs visit Chesney Prairie

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- Almost 40 people were in attendance at a field trip held Saturday at Chesney Prairie Natural Area, located off of Bill Young Road, southeast of Gentry. The event was co-hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Audubon Society and the Ozark Chapter of the Arkansas Native Plant Society.

Sulphur Springs police accused of First Amendment violation

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- A Noel (Mo.) man addressed the Sulphur Springs council on Thursday night alleging that the police department had violated his First Amendment rights at Sulphur Springs' June 27 celebration in the city park when they threatened him with arrest for distributing pro-life tracts in the city park. In a written statement handed out to the council members by John Fitts, he alleges that part-time police officer Shane Weber and police chief Duke Brackney approached him in the city park on June 27....

Decatur picks up pieces after wind and rain damage rolls through town

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- A stalled warm front parked over the region brought heavy downpours and a tornado to the northwest corner of Arkansas.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 20-24

Could nullification be the answer to an overreaching federal government?

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

The concept of nullification is being endorsed by many in response to recent federal laws, executive orders and Supreme Court decisions. Though the legal basis has been rejected by the Supreme Court in the past, many are again putting forth the argument that states freely formed the Union and that states can (and even should) interpose and nullify federal laws and actions which exceed the powers granted to the government in the U.S. Constitution.

Letter to the Editor

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

Editor's Note: The following was posted to Facebook but is deserving for even wider local distribution.

Obituaries

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Loyd David Smith

Council ups bid for school property

posted: 07/15/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- A special meeting was held preceding Thursday night's Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss the city's bid for the old bus barn property and property in Hiwasse owned by the school. Jay Oliphant, school board president, was in attendance and offered to answer any questions of council members. Peggy Bertschy asked about the new appraisals on the properties. Mayor Kurt Maddox said the appraisal on the Hiwasse property remained the same as the 2012 appraisal....

Friday, July 10

Tornado destroys home, building in Gentry

posted: 07/10/2015 12:21 p.m.

Friends and family of Curtis and Cheryl Galloway were helping the couple sift through what was left of their home to gather up belongings on Friday morning. The couple was not home at the time, but a small tornado touched down shortly before 6 p.m. on Thursday, tearing off the tin roof from their house, knocking out brick walls and blowing away a car port.

Wednesday, July 8

Horse camp teaches equestrian art

posted: 07/08/2015 6:08 a.m.

DECATUR -- Legends Equestrian Center, located near Decatur, held the first of the sessions of camps designed to teach young riders the disciplines of handling horses that, in some cases, are twice as tall as the rider. Heather Swope, owner of Legends, held two classes June 15-19, one for beginners and the other for more advanced riders. Sixteen girls from all over Northwest Arkansas and one from Dallas, Texas, took part in the five-day event which ended with a demonstration show on June 19.

What's next for America? and The Battle Flag Fiasco

posted: 07/08/2015 6:04 a.m.

What's next in America? I ask the question because it's the logical question to ask. With the Supreme Court decision to give those desiring same-sex marriage equal protection under the law -- falsely based on a clause in the 14th Amendment which was originally adopted to give freed slaves equal protection under law -- what is next to gain constitutional protection at the hands of an activist majority on the Supreme Court?

Gravette Kiwanis Club raises $23,250, meets goal

posted: 07/08/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Members of the Gravette Kiwanis Club recently announced that they have raised $23,250 for the Eliminate Project, a Kiwanis International global campaign to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

Council votes to buy two used ambulances

posted: 07/08/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- Gravette City Council, at its June 29 meeting, voted unanimously to purchase two 2008 Ford F450 ambulances from an Illinois firm. The ambulances, fully equipped for fire rescue, have current mileages of 65,232 and 77,435 miles and will replace two 15-year-old ambulances with mileages of 126,000 and nearly 130,000 miles.

Maysville News

posted: 07/08/2015 5 a.m.

The weather has been more like summer. The humidity has been rather high. We are to get some rain this week and it will be welcome.

Couple journeys on Trail of Tears in mule-drawn wagon

posted: 07/08/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- The 850 miles from Ashville, N.C., to Tahlequah, Okla., go by slowly -- at a mule's pace, to be exact. Ten to 12 miles a day is just the way Gene and Noqah Glasscock like it. Along the way, drivers slow and reach out of their windows to take pictures of the canvas-covered wagon adorned with signatures of people from along their route.

Fourth of July celebration successful despite hot weather

posted: 07/08/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The weather was hot in Gravette on the Fourth of July and the action was even hotter as youngsters and oldsters throughout town shot off enough fireworks to keep everyone's dogs and cats cowering under the porch. There were plenty of activities to keep them busy when not sending their stock of fireworks up in smoke.

Entrants sought for Gravette Day pageants

posted: 07/08/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- The annual Gravette Day celebration will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 8. The popular pageants for youngsters, the Miss Gravette and Miss Gravette Teen contests will all be a part of the celebration. Contestants are now being sought for the four different competitions which will be held.

It's summer and time to think about baseball

posted: 07/08/2015 5 a.m.

By the time you read this, The Fourth will be history. But, as usual, looking back, it was impressive to hear and see the activities -- not just on a national scale, but also in hometown America, no matter the size of the community.

Hometown Events

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VBS at Mason Valley

Weather

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Man arrested in shoplifting case

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GENTRY -- Police arrested a Gentry man in connection with shoplifting at Smith Drug in Gentry on June 26.

Peaches, nectarines and blackberries ready for the picking at Taylor's Orchard

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GENTRY -- Peaches, nectarines and blackberries are now ripe at Taylor's Orchard in Gentry, and the orchard is open Monday through Saturday for those who wish to buy freshly-picked fruit or go out in the orchard and pick their own. The trees were weighed down with ripening nectarines on Friday, making it an easy task to pick a box or bucket full in little time at all.

Gentry 6U team takes state championship

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Submitted Photo

Jones wins Girl Scout Gold Award

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GRAVETTE -- Rachel Jones was awarded a Girl Scout Gold Award on Saturday, June 6, at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. Her Gold Award project benefited the Gravette wildlife observation trail and the town of Gravette. She built trail signs, a butterfly garden, owl and bat houses and five bluebird houses. She got the trail certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. She held an Earth Day program at the trail where trees and flowers were planted and some trail cleanup was done. She also taught two different Girl Scout troops to help them earn Animal Habitat badges.

Gravette DECA students place in spring events

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School's DECA student organization attended several marketing events during the spring semester and, in late March, traveled to state competitions in Little Rock and participated in various events.

Gravette Boys and Girls Club enrollment largest ever

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GRAVETTE -- The summer program at the Gravette Boys and Girls Club is the biggest ever and Boys and Girls Club staff are justifiably proud of the success of the expanded program. This summer's program is serving 175 youngsters with all activities, at no cost to parents. Ben Onnen, director of resource development for the western Benton County clubs, said that when he came on board as program leader at the Gravette club in 2013 summer enrollment was only 20 to 25 youngsters. This year the Boys and Girls Club partnered with the Gravette school system and, with the help of superintendent Richard Page, 150 students were enrolled. The program was so successful with 150 children, the decision was made to expand to 175 enrollees.

The good Lord gave us the sense to be self-preserving

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There are some old cows that you like and then there are some you find hateful and deserving of a trip to the golden arches the day after they are weaned.

Gentry celebrates Independence!

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GENTRY -- After spotty thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday, the weather was about as good as it gets for the Saturday July 4th Freedom Festival held in Gentry's city park. Though daytime crowds may have been a little smaller than in years past, that all changed in the evening as people filled the park to hear the evening entertainers and watch the spectacular fireworks display set off by the members of the Gentry Volunteer Fire Department.

Blessed are the pure in heart

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"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God...."

It is best to control pests naturally

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Even the best of gardeners sometimes have trouble with pests in their vegetable gardens. I think it works kind of like weeds. In the same way that you don't have to plant weeds in order for them to appear in your garden, you don't have to do anything for insects to appear in your garden.

Obituaries

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Asa Mattes

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 13-17

Benton County officials optimistic on road plan

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BENTONVILLE -- Benton County officials say it will be another month before they can say whether the county will catch up on this year's road plan.

It is time to think "Decatur Barbecue"

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DECATUR -- "The judges have tallied their scores. And the new Miss Decatur Barbecue 2015 is...." You will have to wait until Aug. 1 when the 62nd annual Decatur Barbecue comes to Decatur and Northwest Arkansas to hear that announcement completed. This year's featured entertainer will be Jesse Keith Whitley, son of legendary singer and songwriter Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan.

Tuesday, July 7

Hiwasse News

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From Last Week

Wednesday, July 1

We knew it was coming, but it was still a sad day for America

posted: 07/01/2015 7:05 a.m.

I think we all knew it was coming. But that didn't take away from the sadness and extreme disappointment when the 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court was announced Friday, declaring state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. As I said, it was no surprise. Our nation, which was once founded on Christian and Biblical principles, has abandoned its roots.

Home is the most wonderful place to be

posted: 07/01/2015 7:04 a.m.

How on earth is a man supposed to sleep with a clock ticking two foot from his ear and a nightlight shining in his barely closed eyes? That is the question of the day or night, and I am not a rested feller today. We spent the night with our female offspring, and there is plenty to say about the episode.

Kaylin Cripps Band to start off July 4th evening entertainment

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The Kaylin Cripps band will take the stage at 5:30 p.m on July 4th. The band includes Kaylin - vocals and acoustic guitar; Lukas Wigington - lead guitar and vocals; Jonathan Langley - drums; Trey O'dell - bass guitar; and Johnathon Paape - guitar and keys.

Things just haven't slowed down this summer

posted: 07/01/2015 5 a.m.

The month of June has kept us in a whirlwind of activity. I had a fleeting idea that things would slow down a bit when school was out but somehow activities have kept coming fast and furiously. Sometimes it keeps my head in a spin just trying to keep up with all the events on the calendar. On the rare occasion when I do have an evening at home with no meeting to attend or story to write, I seem to fall asleep before I can finish reading what I'd planned or before the end of the TV show arrives.

Council awards contract for Veterans Park paving project

posted: 07/01/2015 5 a.m.

DECATUR -- The Decatur City Council met in special session June 8 to consider four items which needed immediate action. This included the paving project at Veterans Park, a new truck for the street department, an animal ordinance amendment and land acquisition.

Decatur looking for photos of past mayors

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DECATUR -- In an effort to preserve the history of Decatur, the city is looking for photographs of previous mayors.

Hometown Events

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Cheer Camp

Locomotive damaged by vandals

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DECATUR -- One of the most iconic symbols of Decatur, the D-7 train engine parked adjacent to Arkansas Highway 59, was damaged in an act of vandalism.

Gravette pool now open

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GRAVETTE -- After some delays, the Gravette pool is now open for business and swimmers, young and old, are enjoying the refreshing waters.

Blessed are the merciful

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"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." Matthew 5:7

Compton shares her father's history in the area

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BENTONVILLE -- David Compton Sr.'s wife's family wasn't happy when he moved his family to Northwest Arkansas in 1895.

School board votes to buy Chrome Books, sell bus

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GRAVETTE -- A comment period was held at the opening of the June school board meeting to allow for discussion of the sale of school property for which the city has submitted a bid. Most citizens spoke in support of selling the property to the city.

Decatur FFA receives awards at state convention

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DECATUR --The Decatur Future Farmers of America chapter received several honors at the 88th Arkansas FFA State Convention held at Camp Couchdale near Hot Springs June 3-5.

Health Inspections

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June 19

Why do we celebrate the Fourth of July?

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Gentry has been celebrating Independence Day for more than 100 years -- this year formally marks the 102nd city celebration, though records indicate celebrations going back to 1896 and possibly earlier. Early celebrations were downtown on Main Street. More recent celebrations have been in the city park and include enjoyable activities for all, entertainment and remarkable fireworks displays.

Senior Center Menus

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Week of July 6-10

Decatur pool offers way to beat the heat

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DECATUR -- With the beginning of summer at hand and the threat of temperatures reaching the century mark by mid-July, people are flocking to rivers, lakes and pools in an effort to beat the heat.

Fire Station 29 Pub and Grill now open

posted: 07/01/2015 5 a.m.

GRAVETTE -- There's a new eating place open on Gravette Main Street, just in time for treating your Fourth of July guests. If you choose to have a picnic the weekend of the Fourth, the folks there can help you with sandwiches and sides to pack in your basket.

Obituaries

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Mary Ellen Johnson

July 4th celebration planned in Gravette

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GRAVETTE --The Fourth of July in Gravette promises to be its usual bang-up celebration, with fireworks in the evening at Pop Allum Park, but several other activities will be featured at this year's event. The day's activities will begin at 10 a.m. with a dedication ceremony for the Gravette "Heroes Wall," a service project sponsored by the local Lions Club. The mural, several months in the making, depicts scenes....

Gravette High career day event

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GRAVETTE -- Gravette High School held the annual Career Day on May 21. This year's Career Day featured two keynote speakers in the Performing Arts Center in the morning. Students were then able to select four of the 13 speakers to hear and gain some insight into the world of work and other post-secondary options. The two keynote speakers, who addressed the entire student body, were....

Coffee wins first place with agricultural photo

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FAYETTEVILLE -- Brittany Coffee of Gentry, a junior agricultural communications major in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Science at the University of Arkansas, earned top honors in a national photography contest.

Freedom Festival Schedule of Events

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This year's festival - which kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 4th, in Gentry City Park, with some events starting earlier in the day - certainly ranks up there with top-notch entertainment. The featured entertainer of the evening is Chris Lane, an up-and-coming country singer from Kernersville, North Carolina, where he began to play live shows after his college baseball career ended.

Police make juvenile arrests, solve string of crimes

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GENTRY -- Police in Gentry have arrested numerous juveniles and solved multiple cases of criminal mischief and vandalism within the city. According to police, they received seven or more reports in the months of February through June of various crimes ranging from spray-painting vulgar symbols on sidewalks, playground equipment, fences and vehicles to commercial burglaries at the park concession....

Little Free Library comes to Decatur

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DECATUR -- A new twist on the traditional summer reading program is making its way to communities across the United States. It is called "Little Free Library." Now Decatur has one of these libraries in a box. The little free library began in Hudson, Wis., in 2009, when Todd Bol built a model of an old school house to honor his mother who was a long-time teacher and advocate for reading in the United States.

Board handles year-end business

posted: 07/01/2015 5 a.m.

GENTRY -- With only four of the seven members present -- Jim Barnes, Dani Cypert, Randall Bolinger and David Williamson -- the Gentry School Board wrapped up a number of year-end business items and will next meet in August.